Mexico’s Ruling Party Cries ‘Witch Hunt’ at Landmark Anti-Corruption Bill

4/26/16 VICE News

maxresdefaultA grassroots proposal for a new law designed to make it harder for Mexican officials to hide ill-gotten gains has garnered unprecedented public support at a time when corruption and conflict of interest allegations buzz around both the government and their political rivals.

The bill, however, now appears on the point of being blocked from becoming law by the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, and its allies in the senate.

Drawn up by lawyers, academics, and high-profile transparency activists and organizations, the citizen’s bill was designed to be included in the package of laws governing the implementation of the much-touted National Anti-Corruption System, which was approved last year.

“This was a real landmark for civil society in Mexico, actually drafting a bill and gaining enough signatures for it to reach the senate floor,” said Edna Jaime, director of the think-tank México Evalúa and one of the activists behind the initiative.

The proposal is called the Ley3de3, or the three-out-of-three law, because it would oblige all holders of public office to upload proof of their personal assets, tax returns, and potential conflicts of interest onto a national database that is already up and running. It also lays out formal channels for citizens to denounce corruption and recommends sanctions for those officials found guilty.

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Headlines from Mexico

 

newspapers logo2-011. Political leaders across Mexico have gain traction on their anti-corruption campaign in Mexico. Leaders from PRI, PAN, PVEM all have spoken in accordance in support of the citizen led Law ‘3de3’ initiative to help bring transparency to the public service and bring more confidence to the citizen’s of Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

2.In response to the remarks made by Donald Trump toward the Mexican people and this Tuesday’s  U.S. mini Super Tuesday primary, Mexican politicians, specifically in the PRD party and citizens are rallying in an Anti-trump campaign on Social Media with hashtag ‘MxcontraTrump’ (Mexico Against Trump).

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Milenio

3. Mexico City has experienced the worst smog in 11 years and has declared a Phase 1 pollution alert. Smog on the city’s northern edge reached 1.3 times acceptable limits in the afternoon.Political leaders in the city have shared statements of potential pollution controls but not official plan has been declared.

Read more: Reforma, Dinero, El Universal

4.  The state of Mexico had begun refusing to accept Mexico city’s garbage this week after Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera blamed surrounding states for sending pollution into the city. Mancera has since announced that the state of Mexico and Morales will push forward in acting to limiting the amount of cars on the road and the problem of garbage disposal.

Read more: Milenio, El Financiero, Jornada, Milenio,

Headlines from Mexico

Week of 2/28/16

newspapers logo2-011.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights this week declared in a report , evidence of which can be seen in thousands of violent deaths, disappearances, kidnappings, torture, threats and harassment, as well as impunity in the justice system. The report said the Mexican government’s response to widespread human rights violations has been insufficient, and that violence in the country has not decreased.

Read more: Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal, Univision

2. The Mexican lawyer who leads Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legal defense team said his client wants to be extradited to the United States “as soon as possible” because conditions at the maximum-security prison where he’s being held in Mexico are unbearable and making him seriously ill. 

Read more: ReformaEl Universal,  El Universal, CNN Expansión, Milenio

3. PRI governor Javiar Duarte de Ochoa of Veracruz has been officially accused of embezzlement of 13 millions of pesos ($700,000 U.S. Dollars). There has been backlash against Duarte de Ochoa from the PAN and PRD parties as an example for more state oversight.

Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, Jornada, Milenio, El Financiero

4. The Mexican government has detected 945 cases of H1N1 and 68 deaths this season, as opposed to only four cases and no deaths last season. Recent reports revealed that there have been shortages of flu medication in Mexico and that 35 percent of pharmacies across the country do not have Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu, however, the government has taken measures to supply areas most affected.

Read more: Excelsior, CNN Expansión, Milenio, Milenio

The Ex-President of PRI-Jalisco has been Executed / Ejecutan a ex presidente de PRI-Jalisco

6/19/15 Reforma

youth with handgunJavier Galván, ex-president of the PRI-Jalisco, was assassinated this morning on the Colonia Guevara Beltway in Guadalajara. The attack against the ISSSTE delegate reportedly came from a van around 9:15 this morning on Angulo, between the streets Ontario and López Mateos. Testimonies made to the authorities indicate that the aggressors fled the scene in a moving vehicle, escaping towards López Mateos.
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Mexico election body confirms election tally signaling PRI win

06/15/15 Reuters

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and first lady Angelica Rivera salute during the military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico CityMexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) on Sunday confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ruling party emerged as the strongest force in elections last weekend, which INE forecasts say will enable it to retain control of the lower house.

A preliminary INE estimate seen by Reuters showed that Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), plus its allies, the Green Party and the smaller New Alliance Party, would be allotted a total of 260 seats in the 500-member lower house of Congress, up from 251 before the midterm vote.

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2015 Mexican Mid-Term Elections: A Battle Between PRI And PAN – Analysis

6/6/15 Eurasia Review

shutterstock_101964346On June 7, Mexico will hold its 2015 mid-term federal elections. The mid-terms in Mexico come every three years, occurring as a halfway point in the six-year presidential term; this will then be the most important round prior to the 2018 presidential elections. At stake will be 500 federal deputies, nine governors, 17 state legislatures, and 903 municipalities/delegations, 83.5 million Mexicans are registered to vote. Among the diputados (deputies) to be elected into the Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies), 300 will be directly elected by plurality from single-member districts, while the remaining 200 deputies will be elected through proportional representation, each party’s share of the national vote. The gubernatorial seats up for selection are Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Querétaro, Sonora, and San Luís Potosí.

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Upcoming Event! Mexico’s Midterm Elections and the Peña Nieto Administration

Collage only_MonochromeWHEN: Monday, May 18, 9:30-11:00am

WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to an event on Mexico’s 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. This new cohort of legislators will replace the group that approved the major reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto during the first year of his administration. The new Chamber of Deputies will be crucial for the second half of Peña Nieto’s term in office; finding room for negotiation may prove increasingly difficult as the presidential succession nears.

These elections represent a battle in which the PRI seeks to stay strong despite the President’s low approval ratings. Meanwhile, the PAN and the PRD are trying to overcome internal divisions and emerge stronger. The PRD’s internal challenges became external with the recent founding of MORENA, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is emerging as a viable option for voters on the left. In fact, MORENA will be competing head to head with the Green Party (PVEM) to be the fourth national political force.

Speakers

Denise Dresser
Political Analyst and Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Luis Carlos Ugalde
Director General, Integralia Consultores

Moderator

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

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Want to know more about Mexico’s midterm elections? Visit the Mexico Institute’s 2015 Election Guide.